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Pfizer's Chantix May Boost Heart Risks

Pfizer's Chantix May Boost Heart Risks

20 Jun 2011

After reviewing data from a clinical trial, the FDA says it is changing the labeling on Chantix to incorporate new cautionary language for patients with heart disease.

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AstraZeneca to Establish Tech Center in Russia

AstraZeneca to Establish Tech Center in Russia

17 Jun 2011

AstraZeneca is planning to set up a Predictive Science Center in St. Petersburg in 2012 to strengthen its investments in Russia.

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Dutch Pharma Qiagen Plans to Buy French Ipsogen

Dutch Pharma Qiagen Plans to Buy French Ipsogen

16 Jun 2011

The transaction will give Qiagen access to a range of assays covering 15 biomarkers for the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of blood cancers.

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Pfizer Goes to Court to Protect Viagra Patent

Pfizer Goes to Court to Protect Viagra Patent

16 Jun 2011

Pfizer began its court proceedings in Virginia on Wednesday to try to extend its patent on the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

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Arecor and GSK Sign Vax License Deal

Arecor and GSK Sign Vax License Deal

15 Jun 2011

GSK and Arecor will work to develop new approaches that could offer significant improvements to the administration of several vaccines in development.

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Sartorius and Südpack Ink Polymer Films Deal

Sartorius and Südpack Ink Polymer Films Deal

15 Jun 2011

The two companies will also collaborate on the development of multi-layer films with improved product characteristics to be employed in single-use bioreactors. The first product innovations from are expected in approximately one year.

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Lilly and Synthes Sign Collaboration Agreement

Lilly and Synthes Sign Collaboration Agreement

15 Jun 2011

Eli Lilly and Co. has signed a deal with Synthes to co-promote the bone drug Forteo and develop other potential orthopedic treatments.

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FDA Works to Lessen Drug Shortage Impact

FDA Works to Lessen Drug Shortage Impact

14 Jun 2011

FDA says the number of drug shortages has nearly tripled over the last six years, jumping from 61 drug products in 2005 to 178 in 2010.

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Canada Needs Better Patent Protection

Canada Needs Better Patent Protection

14 Jun 2011

Sanofi-Aventis chief executive Chris Viehbacher has warned that Canadian pharmaceutical companies need more comprehensive patent protection.

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Merck Serono and Affectis Sign Licensing Agreement

Merck Serono and Affectis Sign Licensing Agreement

14 Jun 2011

Merck Serono will have worldwide exclusive rights to develop and commercialise selected compounds. The contract also includes a research collaboration focusing on P2X7 antagonist optimisation.

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Kareus & Quintiles Ink Strategic Development Pact

Kareus & Quintiles Ink Strategic Development Pact

14 Jun 2011

Under the terms of the alliance, Quintiles will make an undisclosed investment in Kareus through an equity investment and access to clinical service on a shared-risk basis.

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UK Pledges £814M for Child Vaccines

UK Pledges £814M for Child Vaccines

14 Jun 2011

The UK's promise for more funding follows last week's announcement that major pharmaceutical companies would make cuts to the prices of their vaccines in the developing world.

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